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  1. Why is your site so extraordinarily difficult to use? I am trying to post a poem that looks like this
    http://www.poeticsojourn.com/matter-over-mind-an-end-to-a-means.html

    yet no matter what I do it ends up looking like this
    http://poeticsojourn.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/matter-over-mind-an-end-to-a-means/

    a far less creative look. What can be done?

    And why does you site insist on double spacing? If we need another space could we just do that ourselves?
    Why does posting directly under the picture as in my copyright need to be actually posted on the right side of the pic in order to actually end up under the pic?
    It's like you have to trial and error and preview preview preview preview all day long!

    I'm beginning to get the "it's just not worth it" thought in my head

    Scott

    The blog I need help with is poeticsojourn.wordpress.com.

  2. This is a peer support forum and we Volunteers don't provide answers to why does the software or edito operate this way or that way questions. Those questions are properly directed to Staff.

    We Volunteer provide solutions and here are some for you. If you are formatting either text or poetry from within the Tiny MCE editor in your WordPress blog here is a summary of some handy tips. WordPress Formatting and Spacing

    Why don’t my images align the way I want them to?
    The alignment icons in the WordPress editor are for aligning text; they are not for aligning images. They are used to achieve wrapping text around images on either the right or left hand side, or to display an image that’s centered without text on either side of it. If the text beside the images does not occupy the same amount of space that the image beside it does then the text wrapping will continue and the images and text that follow will have a staggered appearance.

    • Align-left means position left, with the rest of the content wrapping around the right side of the image.
    • Align-right means position right, with the rest of the content wrapping around the left side of the image.
    • Align-center means position center, with no wrap-around (= the rest of the content below the image).

    So if you ever want to have two images to be displayed side by side on the same line start by setting the alignment of both images to left. To prevent the staggered effect what you do is insert the following snippet of code into the HTML editor after each image/text pair:
    <br style="clear:both;" />

  3. I also can't find any way to change the size of the text. I suppose this is a site for programmers adept at html and other software related skills. I'm not that. I'm a novice and 53 years old who didn't grow up around computers nor have I attended school for it. I only just got one a couple of years ago. I'm just a budding writher and don't want the programming to frustrate all the fun out of it for me.

    Thanks for responding :)

  4. I don't even know what that "Tiny MCE" editor is. Perhaps I'm using it and don't know what it's called. idk

  5. I also can't find any way to change the size of the text.

    These are 3 ways to change fonts on wordpress.com blogs.
    (1) Changing font families, colors and size in text in posts or pages either post by post or page by page by coding into the HTML editor. http://en.support.wordpress.com/editors/font-size-color/

    (2) Changing font colors in text in posts or pages either post by post or page by page using the #4 icon (Select text color – change the text color) in Row 2 the Visual editor. http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/#row-2

    (3) Changing all font families, colors and sizes throughout the whole blog by purchasing an annually renewable Custom Design upgrade and using Typekit Fonts with Staff support. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/

    Note: A few themes do allow for changing the font colors on the Blog Title and/or optional Tagline and/or links. However, when it comes to the majority of themes font changes to font families, colors and size in the blog title, tagline, post titles, page titles, categories and tags, widget headings, comments, and links cannot be done without CSS editing.

  6. The search box there provides relusts from both the support documentation and from forum threads.

    I don't even know what that "Tiny MCE" editor is. Perhaps I'm using it and don't know what it's called. idk

    When you compose either a post or a page you are using an editor in your WordPress.com blog to do that. The name of the editor in WordPress blogs that you are tryping into is "Tiny MCE".

     On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/

    The support documentation for WordPress.com bloggers is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page.

  7. a) "Why does posting directly under the picture as in my copyright need to be actually posted on the right side of the pic in order to actually end up under the pic?"
    Because you've set its alignment to Left; set it to None or Center instead. Left means wrap around as well, None means left without wrap-around.

    b) The web standard is one (horizontal) space and one blank line for a paragraph break. To change that you need coding in the HTML editor - no other way.
    For extra horizontal space see here, under "Single line indents":
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/formatting-text-pt-2/
    For extra space below or above a line, see here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/formatting-text-pt-1/

    c) As for changing the size of the text, see here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/formatting-text-pt-5/

  8. thanks but no thanks. wordpress is not for me. I don't think it's clear to some that I don't want a second job that's not paying me anything. I wanted just to do something for fun and recreationally that doesn't require me having to gain another degree to use. sorry but thanks

  9. Perhaps you would be happy at Tumblr or Blogger.

  10. Let me give you an example of what I just went through. I wanted to edit one of my poems. Let me take you through what happened and I won't include it all because I would be here the rest of the evening typing.

    Stop my when I get to the point you think is sounds like fun.

    I clicked "edit

    it came up and all the spacing was no gone. I thought, well sometimes these things are quirky and it really isn't gone when I hit update. I was wrong. It was gone.

    So I tried to hit edit again and it came up the same way. So I had to redo that.
    I put in some needed punctuation. I also changed a few words.
    I clicked preview and it looked ok only when I went back to it guess what?
    all the spacing was gone again.
    I redid that again.
    I had to resign myself after doing this twice that preview was out of the question anymore. It was useless.

    I uploaded a photo to go with it. I wasn't quite sure of the size so I clicked update to see. It was too small so I hit edit on the photo ,silly me, thinking edit meant edit.
    No you can't edit the size of the photo you have to delete it and upload it again only now that you know this you have to keep uploading it until you guess the right size you want by redoing it over and over. Is this fun for you guys yet?

    Oh, I forgot to mention that each and every single time I hit update on the photo and checked the size and had to update it again, you know what happened right? The next time I hit edit all the spacing was gone again so keep in mind I have to do this as well each and every time and preview was rendered useless as I've said prior. Fun yet? I don't know maybe you guys are masochists.

    So I still can't get the spacing right because it insists on making it all look double spaced and you can't do anything about that unless, of course, you have a degree in computer engineering. A large part of the market WordPress is aiming at. Much like Apple. I'm also still amazed that no matter where I look you just can't change the font or the size of it. Amazing! Such a simple thing to have.

    So after messing around some more with just this one poem, I finally got it as close as I'm going to get it. It took 28 minutes!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm sorry, I have better ways to spend my time. I have hundreds of poems and I will be into the next century with this at this rate!

    OK so you want to go after the computer nerd market as overwhelmingly huge as that is compared to the populous as a whole. A sort of Apple mentality of marketing. Why don't we target a few instead of the many. That's OK. Fine whatever. Did someone ever consider this? Why not make is simpler so those of us who don't spend every waking hour with our computers might be able to use it using common sense and those wanting to unleash their prowess of computing will also have all the extras to have at it? Nah, that would be common sense.

    Look I write. I'm not into computers. I know your jaw probably dropped just now but you know what? There are more than just a few of us out there. In fact, we outnumber you. I wanted this as a tool to show what I'm really interested in and that's writing. I want my energies reserved for that creativity not drained away trying to cope with something I have no interest in and struggle through it just to post one poem. Am I making any sense here?

    Computing and poetry are different parts of the brain. Because of that I don't think computer programmers make the best poets. I'm not living in your part of the brain. I'm living the way I'm wired and I don't what my creativity ripped from me by becoming so burned out trying to learn something I have little to know interest in. I want to spend my time doing what i enjoy and what I have interest in. Is that me being silly?

    Here. have a read

    http://www.poeticsojourn.com/poets-paradox.html

    It's a shame those at WordPress have such a narrow business acumen. Yes, you can still grow big but is that the real point I'm making? Hardly.

  11. I'm sorry your experience was not a good one. I believe your questions have been answered. The support documentation for Writing and Formatting Poetry is at this link > http://en.support.wordpress.com/writing-and-formatting-poetry/
    You see, we Volunteers, who are your fellow bloggers provide answers to support questions only. We cannot and do not speak for the company and we do not provide emotional support. Any feedback you have on your experience ought to be directed to Staff. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  12. wow you really do live for this then. Well maybe my questions were answered if I wanted to read and study all that is at the many links you've provided but as I thought I made clear, I'm not about to go through all that because it's not what I'm interested in. I just want to change the damn font size.

    However, I do appreciate your time and will bid you farewell. Thanks for the many links.

    BTW your user name brings a chuckle considering ;)

    Thank you

  13. I took this handle years ago before the younger set placed a negative connotation on it. The reason I took it is because I twice escaped death and became keenly aware that I am living on borrowed time. Best wishes to you no matter what you decide to do. :)

  14. Certainly true. I meant no personal insult by it. I was just remarking on the coincidence. I'm glad for you escapes.

    Funny you should remark about the younger set. I'm 53 but thanks. No negative connotation here as well as many well wishes for you too.

    It speaks well of you to donate time to do what the owners of this site seem to think is a waste of all their corporate profits to provide.

  15. It was nice meeting you but you'll excuse me I'm posting poetry on Blogger. Like I said I didn't want to be associated with Google for my own reasons but it looks as if I'll be forced to.

  16. Being 53 is no excuse for not learning anything new. Timethief, Panos, and I are older than 50, and the rules to learn for WordPress.com are not much more difficult than following a simple recipe. A little patience and you'll soon become expert…

    One suggestion I'd have for you is to try (free) LiveWriter, which works as an offline editor similar to word processing software like Word. (unless you use Macs so you'd need a different offline editor (small charge!)).

    The other thing I will remind you about is that we are volunteers (staff does sometimes look in on these forums) who try our very best to help our fellow bloggers to use the WordPress blogging platform. If you have issues beyond what we can help you learn about, then you need to communicate directly with staff: http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

    Formatting your poems actually involves rote formatting which you can use again and again. We volunteers would be happy to provide the code you need, step by step according to your specifications, one by one…

    But being 53 is no excuse for being unwilling to learn how to use a new tool.

    Best regards in your blogging and no criticism meant: only some encouragement…

  17. Learning the few things you need to learn would take less time than it took you to write all that stuff above.

    No you can't edit the size of the photo you have to delete it and upload it again only now that you know this you have to keep uploading it until you guess the right size you want by redoing it over and over. Is this fun for you guys yet?

    After you experiment –or ask– once, you go to Settings>Media and set the widths you prefer for the thumbnail, medium and large options.

    So I still can't get the spacing right because it insists on making it all look double spaced and you can't do anything about that unless, of course, you have a degree in computer engineering.

    For a line break instead of a paragraph break, you simply press shift-return.

  18. The web isn't Microsoft Word, and will not be for a long, long time. The fact that we have as much control on the web right now as we do, is due to the literally tens of millions of hours that people have put into building all the software and infrastructure and creating all the standards and such to support what we have. In the beginning, it was completely and entirely text based only. Period. Remember the IBM XT and AT desktop computers? That was what the web was. No graphics, nothing. A blank screen with a blinking rectangular cursor.

    The formatting that is available to you right now on the web through programs like wordpress and the other blogging/personal publishing programs wasn't even a dream back then.

  19. ah 1tess? you need to pay attention to what you read. Where in the world did I use my age as an excuse for not learning anything? Here, I'll paste that part here for you to read again.

    If you scroll up you'll find that Timethief was remarking that "the younger set" put bad connotations on her name. I simply told her I wasn't young and that is all in the world my age ever became involved in the convo

    "Funny you should remark about the younger set. I'm 53 but thanks. No negative connotation here as well as many well wishes for you too."

  20. Panag or whatever. Sorry your username is out of my view right now. I don't think you're getting what I was saying. And I'm a very fast typer.

    Hey let's do something here. I'm not interested and I thought I made that abundantly clear but I guess I have to just come right out and say it.

    I'm sure this is your favorite play toy and you while away the hours on it and it gives you goosebumps when you manipulate your code or whatever you do. I'm not. OK? Is that clear? I'm not interested in html code or computers really much at all. Nor do I want to chase down a million links and read a few novels of exciting tech jargon that I may not be familiar with anyway. Now as I've said to Timethief your jaws are dropping and you're saying to yourself why didn't he just tell us he has no legs because I think that's the importance you all put on it. I don't. It's far far far far less important to me than it is you. We're different. Is that such a complicated concept?

    Please, I appreciate you want me to use this site because you've built up a bit of loyalty to it obviously but let's give a rest now K? You keep setting the bells off on my incoming email. I'm using Blogger. I didn't want to but I guess I must.

    sacredpath dude. You did catch my age so I know you know that I know the history and evolution of the computer. What you say may be right but I'm of the opinion, for all it's brought to the world, I believe it's done much more harm to the world and our societies than good. I could elaborate but I know you're all just pulling your hair out and gnashing your teeth and ripping your clothes and conjuring up lightning bolts from the sky. I could very well prove this to you but that would take much more time to do than I'm willing to expend to it. I did write a poem about it once :)

    Thanks for the chat but please stop the spamming. Isn't that like one of your pet peeves anyway? Thanks again.

    Panag. This took me around 4 minutes to type.

  21. What you say may be right but I'm of the opinion, [the web] for all it's brought to the world, I believe it's done much more harm to the world and our societies than good.

    Well, it may surprise you to hear that I wouldn't argue that point with you. It has done a lot of good connecting people that would not have otherwise gotten to interact, and has opened people up to a lot of things, but as with everything in life there are downsides. The only real debate is whether the pluses outweigh the minuses and that I'm afraid has to be decided by each individual (if they will take the time to examine it).

    Spam?

    Meh.

  22. look I have a bit of humor and sometimes it's misunderstood but I did want to come back and say that I didn't want to leave you all with an impression that I don't think highly of you all. I do. To come on here and provide support out of you own good will when this company can't be bothered I think speaks extremely highly of you all and I'm very confident you are all very nice folks. I think I would be glad to know you in the non-virtual world. Which is the world I prefer if you hadn't caught on to that yet.

    I'm just not technical and never have been because I'm not interested in it. If you need to think I'm stupid then please go right ahead. It's OK with me.

    Well I'll be going and I wish you all the very best computing

  23. Please, I appreciate you want me to use this site because you've built up a bit of loyalty to it obviously but let's give a rest now K?

    (bold in the quote is my own emphasis)
    As I said, we are your fellow bloggers (volunteers) here, so we have no interest in whether or not you use this platform for your blog.

  24. @cyberator, I do not think you are stupid, and if I wrote something that you thought suggested that, then I apologize. That was never my intention.

  25. @cyberator

    My apologies for thinking too long before typing and posting. Without seeing your reply…

    You will leave us with good will and the possibility to meet us some day in some other non-technical dimension is such exists.

    I can assure you that none of us think you are "stupid."

    Happy blogging…

  26. if such exists… non-tech dimension that is…

  27. "Panag. This took me around 4 minutes to type."
    (And no time to think of what to type? Yeah, it shows...)
    How many minutes does it take to learn that your posts are 500px wide, so all you need to do is set the defaults for your large, medium and thumbnail images to around 350, 250 and 150 (or whatever you prefer)? How many seconds does it take to learn that for single instead of double spacing you press shift-return?

    "you want me to use this site because you've built up a bit of loyalty to it obviously"
    Your assumptions are unfounded. Personally I don't care if you use it or not: what I don't like is the fallacies and the babbling.

    "Where in the world did I use my age as an excuse for not learning anything?"
    True, you didn't. You used a more pathetic one:
    "Computing and poetry are different parts of the brain. [...] I'm not living in your part of the brain. I'm living the way I'm wired".
    I'm a musician. Strangely, I can do both computing and music (and lots of other things). Guess one of us is an extraterrestrial.

  28. yo pan. didn't read you whole rant for lack of interest. I guess you missed the earlier post I made that if it makes you feel better you can think of me as stupid if this is necessary for you. Please be my guest and lets end this thread as we've beat it to freakin death already ;)

  29. I won't be responding anymore. just an FYI so knock yourself out

  30. I won't be responding anymore. just an FYI so knock yourself out

    No, you won't! Good luck with Blogger…

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